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Saint Parascheva

Saint Parascheva

Saint Parascheva

Over a million persons come every year, from our country and from abroad, to worship Saint Parascheva’s Relics.

Saint Parascheva was born in the village Epivat in Eastern Tracia, at the beginning of the XI-th century, in a family who believed in God. Then, by the age of 15, she dedicated herself to the monachal life. Currently, she is recognized mostly by the Orthodox Churches from Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Russia and Serbia.

Saint Parascheva’s relics were brought to Iasi in 1641, during the reign of the ruler Vasile Lupu, and they were exposed in the Church of the Three Hierarchs (Trei Ierarhi Church). People also call her Saint Friday.

Saint Parascheva is considered the Protector of Moldavia and Bucovina, being the most popular of all the Saints whose relics are in Romania. Christians believe in the miraculous powers of the relics.

Saint Parascheva, Ioan Gura de Aur

Every year, on the celebration of Pious Saint Parascheva, the shrine with her relics is carried out of the church and they are exposed on the esplanade of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Saint Parascheva’s Dedication Day – 13 October

Saint Parascheva’s Dedication Day and at the same time, the Feast of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Iasi, has become, these last 15 years, an important Christian manifestation for the region of Moldavia. On this occasion arrive in Iasi, in pilgrimage, about 1 million pilgrims, most of them waiting for hours in a line which covers 2-3 kilometers in order to reach the relics of the Saint and pray.

Generally, on the 12th of October the holly relics are brought out of the church and they are exposed on the esplanade of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, on the 13th of October, the feast day, a procession is being organised on the streets nearby.

Saint Parascheva

Pilgrims on the Pious Saint Parascheva’s relics.

During the last years, besides the relics of Saint Parascheva, there have also been brought here the relics of other important Saints such as: Saint Ioan Gura de Aur, Saint Nectarie of Eghina and those of Saint Andrew. After the procession, the reliquary is exposed again in the courtyard of the Metropolitan Cathedral in order to allow the pilgrims to pray.
Also, after the Feast’s religious service, the City Hall of Iasi organizes a lunch for the pilgrims, where they serve traditional meals.

Saint Parascheva

Pilgrims waiting in a line to see Pious Saint Parascheva’s relics.
Saint Parascheva, Ioan Gura de Aur

The relics of Saint Parascheva and Ioan Gura de Aur.
Saint Parascheva

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6 Responses to “Saint Parascheva”

  1. St Parascheva was a Serbian woman. Why do you hide this fact?

  2. It would be interesting if the description said a little bit about what St. Parascheva actually did during her earthly life. Living right at the time when the heartlands of Wallachia and Transylvania were converting to Christianity, she must have had a fascinating story.

  3. A fascinating festival! Gets right to the heart of Romanian tradition!

  4. cea mai mare sfanta PREACUVIOASA PARASCHEVA DE LA IASI MA ROG TIE SA NE AJUTI SA NE FIE BINE LA FAMILIA MEA SI LA TOATA LUMEA.

  5. CEA MAI MARE SFANTA PREACUVIOASA PARASCHEVA DE L A IASI!!!IN CARE EU CRED, O RESPECT PENTRU TOT BINELE PE CARE L-A FACUT OMENIRII DAR O SI IUBESC!!!

  6. hi, i will love to attend relics in romania this october,kindly put me through how i can come over for relics.
    thanks,
    oluomo5050@yahoo.com

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